Touch me touch you: A neovagina monologue is a one-person theatrical performance work, augmented with projected visuals and recorded music, in the form of a monologue improvised from topic notes and referencing, in aleatory fashion, visual effects provided by a collaborating visual artist. This performance is based on the artist's personal studies of the semi-improvisatory work of the late Spalding Gray - one person presenting a dramatic monologue with occasional sound augmentation. Touch me touch you: A neovagina monologue was inspired by the title of Eve Ensler's well-known work; but, for Stone, the very idea of a multiply marked and problematic organ which bears witness can't help but take an ironic twist when reframed within a specifically Trans vocality: Neovagina, the technical term for a surgically constructed vagina, is a vexed, postmodern construct which, although firmly grounded in the realities of bodies and lived experience, until quite recently could only speak within contemporary medico-legal-technological discourses - and at present seems to have an awful lot to say. And there was no shortage of raw material for the piece. Stone began with her own anecdotal experience, but quickly added those of friends, and is still reaching out for material from whoever cares to suggest it.
Allucquére Rosanne “Sandy” Stone (US) Touch me touch you: A neovagina monologue
Allucquére Rosanne “Sandy” Stone (US)
Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone is an American academic theorist, media theorist, programmer, author, recording engineer, and performance artist. She is Professor Emerita and was Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the New Media Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin (http://actlab.us). Concurrently she is Wolfgang Kohler Professor of Media and Performance at the European Graduate School EGS, senior artist at the Banff Centre, and University of California Humanities Research Institute Fellow. She has worked in and written about film, music, experimental neurology, writing, engineering, and computer programming. Stone is Transgender and is considered a founder of the academic discipline of Transgender Studies. She has been profiled in Artforum, Wired, Mondo 2000, and other publications.